As we begin our study of 2 Peter, we address the question of the authenticity of this letter, one of the last to be accepted into the canon of the New Testament. Was the apostle Peter truly its author? How should we view this letter? We then turn to Peter's opening charge: that we continue to grow spiritually. If we do so, Peter says that we can make our election sure, we will never stumble, and we will be supplied an entrance into the everlasting kingdom!